PhD, Purdue University, Indiana, USA
Member, United States National Academy of Engineering
Member, Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences
Fellow, IEEE & HKIE
Professor Ben Letaief received the BS degree with distinction, MS and Ph.D. degrees from Purdue University, USA. From 1990 to 1993, he was a faculty member at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Since 1993, he has been at HKUST where he is currently the New Bright Professor of Engineering and Chair Professor of Electronic and Computer Engineering.
Dr. Letaief has contributed to the advances of wireless technologies, including several major developments in OFDM, MIMO, and cooperative cooperation along with multiuser resource allocation, which are considered as the core technologies for 4G cellular systems and other advanced wireless networks. In his field, he has over 630 journal and conference papers and given invited keynote talks as well as courses all over the world. He has 15 patents, including 11 US inventions, and made 6 technical contributions to IEEE standards.
He is a Member of the United States National Academy of Engineering, Fellow of IEEE, Fellow of the Hong Kong Institution of Engineers, and Member of the Hong Kong Academy of Engineering Sciences. He is also recognized by Thomson Reuters as an ISI Highly Cited Researcher and was listed among the 2020 world’s top 30 of AI 2000 Internet of Things Most Influential Scholars.
He is the recipient of many prestigious awards including IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications; IEEE Harold Sobol Award; Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award; IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award; over 15 IEEE Best Paper Awards, and 6 Teaching Awards.
Dr. Letaief served in many leadership positions, including Dean of Engineering at HKUST, Provost at HBKU, Director of the Hong Kong Telecom Institute of Information Technology, Vice-President of IEEE Communications Society, and Founding Editor-in-Chief of the prestigious IEEE Transactions on Wireless Communications. He is served as the President of the IEEE Communications Society, the world's leading organization for communications professionals with headquarter in New York City and members in 162 countries. He has served as General/Technical Program Chair of IEEE flagship conferences.
Dr. Letaief is the recipient of many distinguished awards and honors including the 2019 Distinguished Research Excellence Award by HKUST School of Engineering (Highest research award and only one recipient/3 years is honored for his/her contributions); 2019 IEEE Communications Society and Information Theory Society Joint Paper Award; 2018 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award; 2017 IEEE Cognitive Networks Technical Committee Publication Award; 2016 IEEE Signal Processing Society Young Author Best Paper Award; 2016 IEEE Marconi Prize Paper Award in Wireless Communications; 2011 IEEE Wireless Communications Technical Committee Recognition Award; 2011 IEEE Communications Society Harold Sobol Award; 2010 Purdue University Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineer Award; 2009 IEEE Marconi Prize Award in Wireless Communications; 2007 IEEE Communications Society Joseph LoCicero Publications Exemplary Award; and over 16 IEEE Best Paper Awards.
He has also been a dedicated teacher committed to excellence in teaching and scholarship. He received the Mangoon Teaching Award from Purdue University; Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award by the School of Engineering at HKUST (4 times); and the Michael G. Gale Medal for Distinguished Teaching (Highest university-wide teaching award and only one recipient/year is honored for his/her contributions).